Prosecutors reject proposed plea deal in north Topeka triple murder

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — Through his defense attorney, Joseph P. Lowry, who is charged with three murders, offered a plea agreement to a Shawnee County prosecutor on Monday but the prosecutor rejected it, his attorney told a judge Tuesday.

Details of the plea terms weren't disclosed.

The hearing was a day after the first anniversary of the triple-slaying in a North Topeka home.

The victims -- Luke Davis, 20, Nicole Fisher, 38, and Matthew Leavitt, 19 -- were killed in a bungalow at 115 N.W. Grant, according to earlier testimony in a preliminary hearing.

Two victims were strangled, and one was asphyxiated.

By the time court ended on Tuesday, Lowry's trial was postponed five months after attorneys noted the large amount of discovery linked to cell phone evidence. The trial had been scheduled to start April 9 but now will start on Sept. 24.

Lowry's September trial date falls on the same day as a co-defendant, according to court records. The two trials are being heard by different judges.

Before rescheduling the trial, Shawnee county District Court Judge Mark Braun warned Lowry's new trial date could be awhile, noting Lowry faces 10 charges.

"There's a lot at stake here," Braun said.

Lowry is charged with first-degree murder in the killings of two men and one woman, three counts of aggravated kidnapping, and one count each of aggravated assault and aggravated robbery.

Lowry, who waived his right to face a speedy trial, next appears in court on Aug. 6 during a motion hearing.

Four men and one woman are charged in the case.

One man, Joseph Aaron Krahn pleaded no contest in October to three charges of first-degree murder, and a judge sentenced him on Nov. 17 to three consecutive life sentences of 50 years apiece for each victim he strangled or smothered to death.

Kora L. Liles, who is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated kidnapping and three counts of aggravated assault, will stand trial starting June 11.

Brian Joseph Flowers will be tried starting July 23 on charges of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated kidnapping, and one count each of aggravated assault and aggravated robbery.

Shane Andrew Mays is charged with two counts of premeditated first-degree murder and will face a jury starting Sept 24.